September 30, 2022

Our Top 10 Competitive Date Ideas

Your bae will always be your number one fan, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t be down to tackle you in a game or two! Never underestimate the type of bond you’ll be able to develop when you both go on a competitive date! With that, here are our top 10 competitive date ideas ๐Ÿ‘พ.

Date IdeaTime of DayBest suited toApprox. BudgetDuration (hours)
Play tennis together ๐ŸŽพDayFitness fans!$201
Hit up a go-kart track ๐ŸŽDayMotorheads$601
Water gunfight ๐Ÿ’ฆDayPeople like us!$101-2
RollerbladingDayFitness fans!$502
Board games ๐ŸŽฒDay/NightNerds at heartFree ($25 for new game)1-3
Marco (Polo!) ๐ŸŠDayExtroverts!Free1
Laser Tag ๐Ÿ”ซDay/NightNerds at heart$401
Geocaching ๐Ÿ“DayNerds at heartFree1-3
Rock-climbing wall ๐Ÿง—โ€โ™‚๏ธDay/NightAdventurer lovers!$301-2
Metal (gold) detecting โšœ๏ธDayAdventurer lovers!$502-3

1. ๐ŸŽพ Play tennis together ๐ŸŽพ

Love playing tennis ๐ŸŽพ? You both don’t have to be good at it! Just a great sport who knows how the game goes will do.

We tried this date idea a couple of years agoโ€ฆ.letโ€™s just say it didnโ€™t work out because Scott is terrible at tennis! There were more balls hit out onto the road than on the court!

Tasting Notes

  • Does your partner play tennis ๐Ÿ“? If this is so, then it’s definitely the perfect date for you.
  • The date is ideal if your partner’s love language is “quality time” – a game of tennis takes time.
  • Renting a tennis court starts from $18/hr. Night ๐ŸŒš rates differ and start at $20/hr.


  • Book a tennis court. Playing tennis at night would make it feel like it’s more of a date than playing it in the morning!
  • Get dressed ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ for your match. Put on your full tennis gear so you’d both really feel that you’re playing a competitive game.
  • Play against your partner and see whoโ€™s the real tennis pro! At the very least, youโ€™ll do better than Scott ๐Ÿ˜‰

2. ๐ŸŽ Hit up a go-kart track ๐ŸŽ

Feeling the need for speed? Going on go-kart racing would satisfy your hunger for a race ๐Ÿ in 3!….2!…1!…Go!!!

Tasting Notes

  • Do you and your partner enjoy racing in arcades ๐Ÿ•น or going to car shows? This is the perfect date for you if you want to take the experience up a notch higher.
  • This date is ideal if your partner’s love language is “gifts”.
  • Entry for go-kart tracks cost around $30 per person ($60 for the two of you) for one race.


  • Check the availability of where you’re going to have your go-kart experience. Most places vary in availability so it’s best to check their website ๐Ÿ’ป first.
  • Book a go-kart. A 10-minute ride will be at most 20 laps while a 30-min ride will be at 60 laps at most.
  • Race with your partner. Really savor the moment as a 17 HP 2 stroke racing kart will make you feel like youโ€™re flying!. You’ll definitely feel your heart โค๏ธ beating as you speed ๐ŸŒฌ through it.

3. ๐Ÿ’ฆ Water gunfight ๐Ÿ’ฆ

Water gun fights ๐Ÿ”ซ  aren’t just for kids – they’re for adults ๐Ÿง‘, too! If you have some water guns stored in your attic, this is absolutely the perfect date for you!

Competitive Date Ideas

When we did this, we got a whole bunch of friends involved and bought a crate of 60 water guns (no joke!). The look on the cashier’s face when Scott said โ€˜weโ€™ll take โ€˜em all!โ€™ was priceless ^.^ . 

Tasting Notes

  • This kind of activity is ideal if your partner’s love language is “quality time” or “physical touch”. 
  • If you don’t have water guns lying around, you can get them for as low as $5. That’s a pretty cheap price ๐Ÿ’ฒ to pay for a fun competitive date!


  • Get your water guns ๐Ÿ”ซ loaded. We recommend mixing some food coloring so the water ๐Ÿ’ง will be visible in your partner’s clothes (wear things you donโ€™t mind throwing out!).
  • Have fun blasting water ๐Ÿ’ฆ to your partner. You can do the classic water gun fight but there are also some other variations that you can do. 
  • If you have a group (not double-date, think quadruple date!), you can try playing capture the flag ๐Ÿณ.

4. Rollerblading

This is another classic date idea that gives you the perfect excuse for some hand-holding (just so your partner doesn’t fall over, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

We did this date a while back at a skatepark. Scott slipped and fell right on his bum ^.^.

Tasting Notes

  • If your partner loves to relive their childhood memories or has never tried out rollerblading, this is the perfect activity for you to do!
  • This date is most suited if your partner’s love language is “physical touch”. If your partner does not have any experience rollerblading, you can expect to be their guide as they learn.
  • You can opt to rent rollerblades for $25 for a couple of hours ($50 for two of you) or buy one on Amazon for at least $50.


  • For this date, you can choose to rent rollerblades and properly skate in the rentals’ venue or buy your own and skate at a nearby park ๐Ÿž.
  • Set the rules for the game. Think of how you’re going to set the laps and how will someone win. The loser can pay for lunch ๐Ÿฅ— (fellaโ€™s, itโ€™s a dick move to win here ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

5. ๐ŸŽฒ Board games ๐ŸŽฒ

Who doesn’t love playing board games โ™Ÿ? There are a lot of games that you can try to play with your partner. The more you try out, the better!

Tasting Notes

  • You may already have a stack of classic board games lying around. But there are still a lot of newer games that you can also try to play.
  • The date is ideal if your partner’s love language is “quality time” – a game of tennis takes time.
  • We recommend playing Settlers of Catan (Lisa is really good at this game), Monopoly (if you canโ€™t pay the rent, maybe you can come to another โ€˜arrangement?โ€™), and Exploding Kittens ๐Ÿฑ (Scott’s very good at this one – heโ€™s never lost a game!).
  • It will cost about at least $25 for a new board game. But it will also be great if you already have one at home.


  • Make it a point to allot some time โฑ for this date. We recommend at least a half a day which would be perfect if you want to try out new board games.
  • Layout all the games ๐ŸŽฒ you’re planning to play and let your partner choose which one they like. 
  • You can take turns in choosing which board game you should play next. Better yet, the winner will get to choose which next board game you should both play.

6. ๐ŸŠ Marco (Polo!) ๐ŸŠ

Another childhood classic that you can play with your partner. This activity is usually played with more than two people involved but it would be just as enjoyable if it were only the two of you ๐Ÿ’•!

Tasting Notes

  • Do you have a pool at home ๐Ÿก or is the beach nearby? You can take the whole day off and enjoy it with your bae.
  • This type of date is most suited if your partner’s love language is “physical touch.” You can expect to get very close in the pool as you try to find your partner.


  • Choose who’s going to be the “it” and have them scream “Marco” as the other makes it a point not to be found while saying “Polo.”
  • Itโ€™s okay if there are other people in the pool. It adds more challenge to find your partner so have fun!

7. ๐Ÿ”ซ Laser Tag ๐Ÿ”ซ

Ready for some action-filled date? Laser ๐Ÿ”ซ tag is the way to go!

Laser tag date idea

Tasting Notes

  • Check where you can play laser tag with your partner. There are usually places available but you’d have to check their availability and time before booking.
  • If your partner’s love language is “quality time” this is the perfect date for them to feel loved.
  • It usually costs around $15-$20 per person depending on how many games ๐ŸŽฎ.


  • The laser tag area can get a little bit crowded depending on your chosen date and time. Nevertheless, it will still be an enjoyable activity with your bae.
  • Book the place on your most comfortable date and time. Show up and set the ground rules before playing.
  • Have fun tagging your partner with a laser beam! Make sure you aim ๐ŸŽฏ for them at the most accurate places because that can be a tiebreaker at the end!

8. ๐Ÿ“Geocaching ๐Ÿ“

Looking to go on an adventure ๐Ÿƒ with your partner? Why not make it a competition?

Tasting Notes

  • You can think of geocaching ๐Ÿ“ as real-life treasure hunting although it’s a little bit more advanced. You’ll get to enjoy a whole day of searching where the tags ๐Ÿท are with your partner.
  • This date is perfect especially if your partner’s love language is “quality time.” You’ll be spending a lot of time together looking for caches on this date.


  • Register for a free membership (make sure that your partner’s registered too). You can find out more about how to do geocaching at this website.
  • Visit the “Hide & Seek a Cache” page on the app and enter your postal code. You can use your device ๐Ÿ“ฑ to help you in finding hidden geocaches.
  • Make it more exciting by setting a time limit and see who finds the most caches ๐Ÿคณ!

9. ๐Ÿง—โ€โ™‚๏ธ Indoor Rock-climbing wall ๐Ÿง—โ€โ™‚๏ธ

Up for an โ€˜outdoorsy yet indoorsyโ€™ challenge with your partner? 

Rock-climbing date idea

Tasting Notes

  • If your partner loves to do physical ๐Ÿ’ช activities for dates, then we can guarantee you that they will enjoy doing this activity.
  • This date is most suited if your partner’s love language is “quality time” – it’s definitely a bonding activity that you’d both get to enjoy. We can also employ โ€œWords of Affirmationโ€ if you provide encouragement for your partner as they climb high!
  • It costs around $30 for a rock climbing ๐Ÿง—โ€โ™‚๏ธ session for the two of you.


  • Look online for indoor rock climbing sites you can go to. Usually, no bookings are needed for casual climbing activities but we recommend that you check their availability first. When we did this we didnโ€™t need to book, but we literally got the last spot that day.
  • Race your partner up to the top ๐Ÿ” . This will definitely fuel the competitive spirit!.

10. โšœ๏ธ Metal (gold) detecting โšœ๏ธ

Looking for a unique date idea? Try metal โšฑ๏ธ detecting! You’d actually feel like you’re finding a treasure ๐Ÿดโ€โ˜ ๏ธ with your significant other.

Tasting Notes

  • Do you or your partner love to discover something new? While you’re at it, it’d be great if you have a little competition for it.
  • This date is ideal if your partner’s love language is “quality time” – you’ll be spending a lot of time together as you look ๐Ÿ‘€ for metals. If you gift your partner a gold nugget, we think that qualifies as โ€œGiftsโ€ too!
  • A gold ๐Ÿ‘‘ metal detector costs at least $50 on Amazon. It doesn’t have to be brand new and Facebook Marketplace will have many second hand detectors on offer ๐Ÿค‘.


  • Map out where you’re going to look for metals ๐Ÿฅ‡. We recommend having a bigger range for this so you’d really have more time looking for metals.
  • Come into an agreement with your partner that this is going to be a competition – whoever finds the most metals wins.
  • Turn on your metal detectors and scan away. Make sure you really scan the area to make a better fight against your partner.

Being in a relationship doesn’t mean that you’d have to be 100% lovey-dovey ๐Ÿฅฐ all the time. Think of it as a friendly-competition thing – it’s always fun when winning’s involved.

Are you interested to know what to talk about on your date? We recently answered this question right here!